“Go get the comb.”
Those were the scariest words my grandma ever uttered when I was a kid. She was going to fix my rat’s nest of hair, come hell or high water.
I reluctantly trudged into the bathroom, grabbed the black, fine-tooth comb from the drawer, and dragged my feet back to Grandma. I sat in front of her, turning to face The Price Is Right on the big ol’ floor model TV. Then I squeezed my eyes shut, waiting for the inevitable pinpricks of pain on my scalp.
Grandma didn’t stop at the snarls. She dragged the comb from top to bottom of my long, straight hair that would tangle into knots if you blew on it. I was a tender-headed child, but my grandma was a determined old lady.
Eventually, my hair would be straight and tangle-free, and I would have a sore scalp to show for it. This was before the days of leave-in conditioner, before the days of even knowing what a separate conditioner was. No More Tangles shampoo was just a silly notion to me.
A long time later, I went away to college, and my roommate had a comb. It was black, like the one in my nightmares, but it was not fine-tooth. It was a detangling comb, with offset teeth. And for the first time in my life, I could drag a comb through my wet hair without pain. I bought one for myself immediately. And another. And another. Now, I can’t find that comb to buy anywhere, but I have a backup in the cabinet. That’s how well that comb goes through my hair.
Another thing I did to help with brushing my hair is switch to sulfate-free shampoo. After I started using that, I gave up conditioner. I no longer needed it to get a comb through my hair.
Then a few weeks ago, I heard about Michel Mercier Detangling Brush. It comes in three models for three different hair types: fine, thick and normal. I have very fine hair, but a lot of it, so I went with the normal brush.
This is my experience.
3 p.m. on a vacation Tuesday, and I hadn’t even touched my hair besides to throw it into a messy ponytail. I pulled it down to brush it for the first time with the Michel Mercier brush (12.99 on Amazon). The first thing I noticed is I’m definitely going to have to start using conditioner again, because the amount of static it produced was magnificent. But the next thing I noticed was, despite sounds of it hitting tangles, there was ZERO pain and ZERO pulling. You have no idea what a relief that was.
I washed my hair but didn’t use any conditioner. Normally, I can’t even begin to get a brush through my wet hair. The Michel Mercier brush went right through it. No tangles, no pain. Excellent!
The brush is also meant to massage your scalp, and it feels great to brush my hair in a zig-zag pattern while pushing against my head. All tingly and nice.
My only complaint, besides the static issue (which is my own problem), is that the bristles are so short, you really have to push through to get all the tangles. If the bristles were longer, I’d be thrilled.
I shared the thick detangling brush with my friend Lei. Her hair is very long and thick, so I thought she’d be a perfect candidate. Her reaction? Almost identical to mine. It worked great at getting tangles and felt great on her scalp, but the bristles were too short.
The detangling brush for fine hair went to my friend Karen. She has chin-length curly hair. She loves that it’s a massage for her head, but she’s only able to use it right before her shower, otherwise her curly hair gets frizzy. Karen really liked that the bristles were short because her hair is so fine.
Overall, this is a great brush. I don’t think it’ll replace my favorite comb, but it is my new go-to brush for dry hair.
This product was sent to me for free for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own (and I wouldn’t have it any other way).